On May 2, 2008, Cyclone Nargis, one of the worst recorded natural disasters, struck the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar/Burma. The impact of the cyclone was devastating - between 63,000 and 101,000 people were killed and as many as 2.4 million were affected through displacement. There was severe destruction of infrastructure, loss of annual crop production and damage upon livelihoods.
With the agricultural sector accounting for nearly 40 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) and providing employment to 65 percent of the labor force, damage to key agricultural infrastructure was catastrophic. In the aftermath of the cyclone, the failure of basic systems, already weak from years of neglect, undermined capacities for the provision of basic health services and disease prevention, as well as access to nutrition, clean water and sanitation facilities.
In response to such widespread crisis, Relief International immediately launched a Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) team to provide emergency rehabilitation and integrated health services to the vulnerable population. Relief International retains a strong presence in Myanmar/Burma with programs supporting the rebuilding of agricultural livelihoods and access to food.
Myanmar/Burma - Current Programs
RI Responds to Flooding in Rakhine State
Since July 29, Mrauk U Township in Rakhine State, Myanmar has experienced severe flooding due to heavy rain caused by the proximity of Cyclone Komen. RI will be working to assist Mrauk U and other nearby townships to address Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), food security, health, shelter and livelihoods needs. Learn More...
Myanmar/ Burma: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Program in Dedaye Township
Relief International is providing communities access to quality primary healthcare services with an emphasis on improving maternal and child health and strengthening township health systems. Learn More...
Myanmar/Burma - Past Programs
- Myanmar/ Burma: Integrated Food Security and Recovery Program
- Myanmar/Burma: Maternal and Child Health via Rural Outreach
- Myanmar/Burma: Sustainable Food Security in Cyclone-Nargis Affected Communities
- Myanmar/Burma: Building Food Sources for Rural Poor Through Community Livelihoods and Infrastructure Support in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta region of Myanmar/Burma